Sinclair Smith is the Director of the SVA GroundFloor Incubator, and a founding faculty at MFA Products of Design. Upon his return from leading the SVA Destinations Summer Program to Yame, Japan, department chair Allan Chochinov sat down with Sinclair to talk about the adventure, the highlights, the challenges, and the gratifications.
Huge congratulations to Panisa Khunprasert, who's just-released Geo Stacking Coasters are now featured on the cover of the 2017 MoMA Wholesale Catalog! From the catalog: "These sets of colorful silicone stacking coasters feature varying geometric faceted edges that create visual and tactile appeal. Designed for MoMA’s collaboration with the MFA Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts, they are playful, decorative and functional.
Building on the findings of over 20 first-person interviews with VA staff and discharged veterans, the group surfaced three principal insights: The first is that there is an opportunity to facilitate better communication between veterans—veteran-to-veteran. The team learned that information around the transition to civilian life, and around the available veteran services “is perceived better when it comes straight from a veteran,” the team argued. “Veteran-to-veteran creates a much stronger bond, and the ‘young veteran’ is more likely to pay attention and communicate interest when the information comes directly from the source.”
As part of SVA Products of Design’s partnership with Veterans Affairs (and held through the Design Research and Integration class taught by IDEO’s Lawrence Abrahamson) , designers Jiani Lin, Alexia Cohen, Teng Yu, William Crum, and Antriksh Nangia used design to examine gender and the military—creating two design proposals aimed at changing the way people “see” women veterans.
Time is relative, and its passage depends one’s point of view. This hanging, sculptural clock rotates with the breeze, displaying the correct time only when viewed from the perfect angle. Contemplative and eternal, give the gift of time.
As part of last season's partnership with the Museum of Modern Art to design product concepts for the MoMA Wholesale Catalog, Louise-Anne vant' Riet created a novel trivet that folds up sweetly and expands when you need it!
As part of last season's partnership with the Museum of Modern Art to design product concepts for the MoMA Wholesale Catalog, Adam Fujita created this set of Haring-inspired cookie cutters.
Inspired by a combination of modern and retro styles, the Totem Bathroom Set is finally a set of cleaning tools beautiful enough for you to be proud to have out. Plunger, brush, and soap dish.
Judy Chi's delightful series of nesting boxes features iconic colors and materials from mid-century art and design. The lid is constructed of birch veneer with steam-pressed dot pattern.